Liverpool can complete new signing for cheaper than initially reported


Liverpool talks are continuing for Sao Paulo defender Lucas Beraldo as the Reds continue assessing who to sign Joel Matip when he leaves at the end of the season.

The former Schalke centre-back is out of contract in the summer and will be replaced.

Beraldo is one of the players under consideration and new reports suggest that talks are underway.

Liverpool might even be able to sign him for cheaper than initially thought.

Recent claims from Spain suggested that Liverpool could sign the 19-year-old for £20 million with representatives from the club said to have travelled to Brazil for talks.

This was dismissed by Fabrizio Romano but another journalist, Jorge Nicola, who is considered to be one of the most trusted Brazilian football journalists, says there is more to the story.

While transfer talks have not been held yet, will be cheaper than initially thought to sign Beraldo with claims he will cost £20 million are not true, Nicola says.

Explaining via his YouTube channel, he said: “I spoke with Julio Caseres, the president of Sao Paulo, and with someone from Beraldo’s staff (one of his representatives).

"Julio said that, so far, absolutely nothing has arrived. Neither an enquiry or an offer (from Liverpool).

“The person from Beraldo’s staff also doesn’t believe in (reports of) such large figures.

“I think Beraldo will be sold in the next transfer window, at the end of our season here (in Brazil). Sao Paulo needs the money but this value seems very high to me.”

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